With a lack of two-start pitcher “must-starts” this week, there are tons of fantasy baseball starters that are sleepers to pick through as you pitcher stream in fantasy baseball week 3.
Two guys who are widely owned that you should keep your eye on this week are Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (83% owned) and Armando Galarraga of the Tigers (69% owned). Both pitchers have ERA’s under 2.00, have WHIP’s under 1.00, and average over 9 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. If you own these two and aren’t starting them, make sure you get both pitchers active this week.
We’ve listed every two start pitcher for the upcoming week with their probable starts and ownership percentage at our two start pitchers home base.
The following three pitchers are owned in less than 50% of fantasy baseball leagues and should garner serious consideration for your fantasy baseball roster this week, as they all take the mound for two starts a piece.
- Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals: Zimmerman pitches for the lowly Washington Nationals, but he has made a major impression on the fantasy baseball world so far this season and was one of our feature fantasy baseball sleepers at starting pitcher. Last season, he went 10-3 across Advanced A and AA-ball with a 2.89 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 134 innings. In spring training, he had a 3.14 ERA and struck out 20 in 14.3 innings. Expect an instant boost to your strikeout total this week with Zimmerman on your roster. He is scheduled to take the mound Monday against the Braves and Sunday on the road against the Mets.
- Kenshin Kawakami, Atlanta Braves: This 33-year old rookie out of Japan was also one of our preseason sleepers, and while he’s off to a so-so start this season (1-1, 5.25 ERA, 15 strikeouts, 1.33 WHIP in 12 innings), you have to love his strikeout rate. In his 2009 debut against the Nationals, Kawakami gave up 3 earned runs but struck out 8 in 6 innings. He takes the mound Tuesday at Washington and Sunday on the road against the Reds with a favorable matchup against Micah Owings.
- Jarrod Washburn, Seattle Mariners: There hasn’t been much positive to say about Jarrod Washburn since he signed with the Mariners in 2006, and his 2002 campaign where he won 18 games should be far from anyone’s mind. That said, Washburn has pitched brilliantly to start the season, going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 8 strikeouts in 14 innings. In his last start against the Angels, Washburn gave up 2 earned over 6 innings, striking out 4. He takes the mound Tuesday on the road against the Rays and Sunday on the road against the Angels. Last year in his only start against the Rays, Washburn gave up 1 earned run and spread out 6 hits over 7 innings of work, striking out 2 and picking up a win.